Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review Time! Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham

"Living its self is a sacred act" ~ Scott Cunningham

Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham in an interesting look into the everyday lives of Wiccans; to whom food preparation and eating is considered to be sacred and magical. This book covers Wiccan beliefs on magic, energy work and the folklore attributes of many common and uncommon ingredients. Wicca in The Kitchen is also designed to be used as a cookbook and includes many recipes. 

Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Introduction
Part One: The Magic in your Kitchen
  • Chapter 1: Food power
  • Chapter 2: Magic
  • Chapter 3: The Tools of Food Magic & Magical Cooking
  • Chapter 4: The Ritual of Eating
  • Chapter 5 Vegetarianism
  • Chapter 6: The Practice of Food Magic
  • Chapter 7: Festival Foods
Part Two: The Magic of Food
  • Chapter 8: Bread & Grains
  • Chapter 9: Cakes, Sweetened Breads, Cookies, & Pies
  • Chapter 10: Vegetables
  • Chapter 11: Fruit
  • Chapter 12: Spices & Herbs
  • Chapter 13: Honey, Sugar, Chocolate, Carob, & Maple Syrup
  • Chapter 14: Nuts & Alleged Nuts
  • Chapter 15: Salt, Vinegar, Soup, & Noodles
  • Chapter 16: Food From Sea & River
  • Chapter 17: Beer, Wine, & Alcoholic Beverages
  • Chapter 18: Tea & Coffee
  • Chapter 19: The Mystic Egg
  • Chapter 20: From the Dairy
Part Three: Magical Food Diets
  • Introduction to Magical Food Diets
  • Chapter 21: Love
  • Chapter 22: Protection
  • Chapter 23: Health & Healing
  • Chapter 24: Money
  • Chapter 25: Sex
  • Chapter 26: Spirituality
  • Chapter 27: Psychic Awareness
  • Chapter 28: Peace & Happiness
  • Chapter 29: Purification
  • Chapter 30: Weight Loss
  • Chapter 31: Other Magical Food Diets
Part Four: Scott's Favorite Recipes
  • Introduction to Scott's Favorite Recopies
  • Chapter 32: Appetizers
  • Chapter 33: Beverages
  • Chapter 34: Desserts
  • Chapter 35: Main Dishes
  • Chapter 36: Salads
  • Chapter 37: Soups
  • Chapter 38: Vegetables & Side Dishes
Part Five: Supplemental Material
  • Tables
  • The Magical Uses of Junk Food
  • Symbols
  • Mail-Order Resources
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
About the Author:
Scott Cunningham practiced Wicca, a form of nature-based faith, actively for over twenty years. During his life he published more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction with sixteen of his titles being published by Llewellyn Publications. Mr. Cunningham's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age genre, where he is still very highly regarded. On March 28, 1993, he passed from this life after a long illness. Today, Scott Cunningham is renowned for his publications. His most well known book "Wicca: a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" has become the primary text for those seeking to learn about Wicca due to his professional writing style and his flare for explaining difficult aspects in common terms. 

My Personal Opinion: 
Personally I found this book to be an interesting read because it covers many aspects of cooking. While it does cover a few unusual aspects, the main concept that I walk away with after reading this book is being mindful and thankful for each meal. Wicca in the Kitchen talks of being thankful for every meal and viewing the food we eat as a gift from the Divine. If you are looking for a book about Kitchen Witchery then this book is a must read as it provides in endepth look into this practice, while keeping it realistic. 

Why I Choose to Review this Book:
Have you ever wondered what Wicca is really about? This is a question I felt worthy of investigation, and you know how I am when I research something (I never stop until I find a REAL answer). So I have set out to learn what this religion is, not the stereotypical versions, but the religion it self. This has lead me to read more than a few books on the subject. And personally I have found this to be an eye-opening journey. I didn't find Satanic rites, human sacrifices or incantation for summoning demons. Instead I found everyday people like you and  me who are seeking to understand their purpose in life, and who also experience a deep longing to have a relationship with the Creator.

Over the next few months I will be reviewing the books I have read here so that others who are curious about Wicca can find books with real information from the view point of those who have practiced the religion.

Please Read Before you Comment:
For those who would argue that by reviewing these books I am doing something unethical, because it may lead others to Wicca...Know that this is not my purpose. The purpose of my reviews is to offer an unbiased critique that balances professionalism with fairness. I am by no means saying that Wicca is for everyone, but that we should have enough respect for them to learn about Wicca instead of condemning for rumors. It is my hope that through my reviews other Christians will learn that we must not condemn based on rumors (it is childish to do such a thing). Christ calls us to be wise and that is my goal to understand others, rather than allow hate to fuel my own self righteousness which leads only to one's own damnation.


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